A BARGAIN trading business is expanding, opening two new stores which will generate 14 new jobs.
Crazy Clearance will open a shop in the former Blockbuster unit of Arndale House, in Concord, Washington, in the coming weeks.
The move will create six posts and bring a building that has stood empty for around 18 months back into use.
Plans for another shop, in South Shields town centre, are in the pipeline and will create another eight jobs.
The business is run by Seaham couple Steph Guidi, 32, and husband Ron, 40, who already run stores in Church Street, Seaham, and Blaydon, which employ 15 people between them.
Mum-of-two Steph said the plans to grow have been in the pipeline for a number of years, but the couple decided to act now.
She said: “We’ve wanted to expand for the last four years, but with the economy being what it is, we didn’t know what to do, but it’s not going to get any better.
“We’re not getting any younger, so we’ve decided to just get on with it.
“These shops will offer people something they haven’t got.
“There’s nothing similar nearby, and it will give them variety and branded goods at great prices.”
The couple’s business was launched nine years ago after they ran Guidi’s Tools on Mackie’s Corner and Mega Pound World on John Street, both in Sunderland.
The pair were behind a failed bid to get Seaham to become one of 12 towns chosen to become a Portas Pilot area.